Americans Underestimate Scale of U.S. Military Spending

Forty-five percent (45%) of Americans recognize that the United States spends more on its military than any other country in the world. A national survey find that 9% mistakenly believe this is not true and 46% are not sure.

Additionally, only 22% recognize that America spends more than Russia and China combined. Sixty percent (60%) simply don’t know if that’s true while 18% believe it to be false. In fact, it’s more than just Russia and China. The United States spends more than the total spent by the next seven biggest military spending nations combined. China, Russia, Saudi Arabia, India, France, the United Kingdom and Japan, spend a combined total of $578 billion annually.

Finally, just 22% are aware that the United States has troops stationed in more than 100 nations around the world. Twenty-five percent (25%) believe that’s not true and 53% are not sure.

On a related topic, 42% of voters nationwide favor President Trump’s decision to withdraw U.S. troops from Syria. Thirty-nine percent (39%) are opposed and 20% are not sure.

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The national survey of 1,000 Registered Voters was conducted December 23-24, 2018 by and HarrisX, a polling company specializing in online surveys (see Methodology and the demographic profile of our sample). It has a 3.1 percentage point Margin of Error with a 95% level of confidence.

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